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  • Overview of the Collection
  • Administrative Information
  • Access
  • Biographical Note
  • Scope and Content
  • Related materials in the Huntington Library
  • Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Overview of the Collection

    Title: Theodore G. and Eleanor S. Congdon Maritime Collection
    Dates (inclusive): approximately 1700-1990
    Bulk dates: 1800-1935
    Collection Number: priTEC
    Creator: Congdon, Eleanor S. ; Congdon, Theodore G.
    Extent: 190 items
    Repository: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Prints and Ephemera
    1151 Oxford Road
    San Marino, California 91108
    Phone: (626) 405-2191
    Email: reference@huntington.org
    URL: http://www.huntington.org
    Abstract: The Theodore G. and Eleanor S. Congdon Maritime Collection contains 190 items that pertain to commercial, naval, and recreational maritime-related activities primarily in the United States and the United Kingdom. Materials date from approximately 1700 to 1990, with the bulk dating from 1800-1935. The collection consists of prints (engravings, etchings, aquatints, and lithographs), photographs, manuscript materials, publications, portfolios and bound volumes, and a single painting. The items deal primarily with whaling, yachting, and naval battles, and the vessels and people involved in these activities.
    Language: Primarily English, with some French.
    Note:
    Finding aid last updated on January 27, 2016.

    Administrative Information

    Publication Rights

    The Huntington Library does not require that researchers request permission to quote from or publish images of this material, nor does it charge fees for such activities. The responsibility for identifying the copyright holder, if there is one, and obtaining necessary permissions rests with the researcher.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item]. Theodore G. and Eleanor S. Congdon Maritime Collection, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

    Provenance

    This collection was donated to the Huntington Library by Theodore G. and Eleanor S. Congdon in August 2006 and February 2008. Most of the items in the collection were donated in 2008; the 2006 donation consists of the following 26 items: priTEC 0165-priTEC 0190.

    Access

    Open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information, contact Reader Services.

    Biographical Note

    Theodore G. Congdon (1929-2012) lived in the Pasadena area of southern California with his wife Eleanor, where he worked as an accountant. He grew up in New England, one of five sons of the socially prominent Congdon family that founded Congdon & Carpenter Co. in 1790. The firm dealt in iron, steel, hardware, carriage and saddlery goods, and paints and oils, and was one of the oldest family-owned and operated businesses in the United States until it was sold in 1977.
    Ted Congdon's deep interest in maritime history led him to amass a variety of prints, documents, periodicals, and artifacts related to whaling, yachting, and naval history, the bulk of which forms the Theodore G. and Eleanor S. Congdon Maritime Collection.

    Scope and Content

    The Theodore G. and Eleanor S. Congdon Maritime Collection contains 190 items that pertain to commercial, naval, and recreational maritime-related activities primarily in the United States and the United Kingdom. Materials date from approximately 1700 to 1990, with the bulk dating from 1800-1935. The collection consists of prints (engravings, etchings, aquatints, and lithographs), photographs, manuscript materials, publications, portfolios and bound volumes, and a single painting. The items deal primarily with whaling, yachting, and naval battles, and the vessels and people involved in these activities.
    Materials are arranged in three series: Commercial, Naval, and Recreational. These series are further divided into subseries based on format. All items are fully inventoried, and all printers, artists, and publishers are indexed by name.
    The collection contains materials as diverse as early 18th-century engravings of whaling expeditions, letters from sailors working on whaling vessels during the 19th century, photographs of yachts competing for the America's Cup in the early 20th century, 19th-century lithographs of naval ships engaged in battle, and letters of marque and safe conduct signed by presidents of the United States, from George Washington to James Buchanan. These items offer a wealth of information regarding the vessels that operated throughout three centuries, as well as the fishermen, sailors, and sportsmen who manned them.

    Alternative Form of Materials Available

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    Related materials in the Huntington Library

    Periodicals donated by Theodore G. and Eleanor S. Congdon as part of the Theodore G. and Eleanor S. Congdon Maritime Collection:
    Manuscript volumes donated by Theodore G. and Eleanor S. Congdon as part of the Theodore G. and Eleanor S. Congdon Maritime Collection:
    Related collections:

    Arrangement

    The collection is arranged in the following three series, which are further divided into subseries by genre:
    • Series I. Commercial
      • Subseries A. Manuscripts
      • Subseries B. Prints
      • Subseries C. Publications
    • Series II. Naval
      • Subseries A. Manuscripts
      • Subseries B. Prints
    • Series III. Recreational
      • Subseries A. Paintings
      • Subseries B. Photographs
      • Subseries C. Prints
      • Subseries D. Publications
    Items are arranged numerically by call number and described in the following format:
    • Title. Date
    • Artist(s) (when known and when applicable). Printer(s). Publisher(s)
    Items are housed individually in folders, and are located in flat files or (when noted in the collection contents list) in one flat-top box.
    A number of brief notes made by the donor regarding several items in the collection is available in Box 1.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Huntington Library's Online Catalog.  

    Subjects

    Boats and boating -- Pictorial works.
    Hunting -- Pictorial works.
    Lighthouses -- Pictorial works.
    Naval battles -- Pictorial works.
    Ships -- Pictorial works.
    Shipwrecks -- Pictorial works.
    Whales -- Pictorial works.
    Whaling -- Pictorial works.
    Yachts -- Pictorial works.

    Forms/Genres

    Chromolithographs.
    Contracts.
    Ephemera.
    Engravings.
    Handbills.
    Intaglio prints.
    Leaflets (printed works)
    Lithographs.
    Manuscripts.
    Passenger lists.
    Paintings.
    Periodical illustrations.
    Periodicals.
    Photographs.
    Printed ephemera.
    Promotional materials.
    Relief prints.

    Alternate Authors

    Hathaway, William H. Jr., 1798-1885, recipient.
    Aaron Ashley, Inc.
    Ackermann and Co.
    Alder, Frederick T.
    American Sunday-School Union.
    Arthur Ackermann Ltd.
    Ballou, Maturin Murray, 1820-1895.
    Bolles, Charles E.
    Boydell, John, 1720-1804.
    Bradford, William, 1823-1892.
    Bunnell, Charles Beecher.
    Burns, Milton J., 1853-1933.
    Burton, James.
    Buttersworth, James Edward, 1817-1894.
    Charles Schweinler Press.
    Colnaghi Son & Co.
    Couché, François-Louis, 1782-1849.
    Cross, Roy.
    Davidson, Julian Oliver, 1853-1894.
    Day & Haghe.
    Day, William, 1797-1845.
    Dodd, Robert, 1748-1815.
    Duncan, Edward, 1804-1882.
    Dusacq et cie.
    Dutton, Thomas Goldsworth, active 1855.
    Fittler, James, 1758-1835.
    Foster, Wm. (Publisher)
    Fournier (Firm)
    Fox-Graphics Editions, Ltd.
    Frederick Warne and Co.
    Garneray, Louis, 1783-1857.
    Gaul, Gilbert William, 1855-1919.
    Gilbert, Pierre-Julien.
    Gleason, J. Duncan (Joe Duncan), 1881-1959.
    Goupil & Vibert.
    Haden, Francis Seymour, 1818-1910.
    Haghe, Louis, 1806-1885.
    Harper & Brothers.
    Havell, Robert, 1793-1878.
    Headley Brothers (Firm)
    Hinton, A.
    Huggins, William John, 1781-1845.
    Hughes, J. (Artist)
    Hunt, Charles, active 1825-1857.
    Imprimerie Lemercier et cie.
    Imprimerie royale (France)
    J.H. Bufford's Lith.
    Jackson, Willard B.
    Judge Company.
    Keystone View Company.
    Laan, Adolf van der, active 1717-1740.
    Lai, Sung, active 1850-1885.
    Lane, Fitz Henry, 1804-1865.
    LeBreton, Louis, 1818-1866.
    Lerpinière, Daniel, 1745-1785.
    Leslie-Judge Company.
    Litho-Craft of New England.
    Loeffler, A. (August)
    Margary, Harry.
    Maritime Heritage Prints, Inc.
    Martens, Frederic.
    Mayer, A. (Lithographer)
    McFarlane, D.
    Mecray, John.
    Meriden Gravure Company.
    Meulen, Sieuwert van der.
    Mill Pond Press.
    Morris Rosenfeld & Sons.
    Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
    Mystic Seaport Museum.
    Nerney, Dan.
    Newell, John Perry, 1831-1898.
    Nimrod Press.
    Orme, Edward.
    Parker Gallery (London, England)
    Paterson, Robert F.
    Paton, Richard, 1717-1791.
    Paul Gaj/Classic Graphics (Firm)
    Peabody Museum of Salem.
    Peabody, Henry G. (Henry Greenwood), 1855-1951.
    Pocock, Nicholas, 1740?-1821.
    Pollard, Robert, 1755-1838.
    Rawle, S.
    Rease, W. H.
    Rosenfeld, Morris, 1884-1968.
    Rosenfeld, Stanley, 1913-2002.
    Russell, Benjamin, 1804-1885.
    Samuel L. Lowe, Jr., Antiques.
    Savage, Edward, 1761-1817.
    Schetky, John Christian, 1778-1874.
    Serres, John Thomas, 1759-1825.
    Short, Robert (Artist)
    Sign of the Gosden Head.
    Silva, Joseph de (Artist)
    Smith, Elder, and Co.
    Snell, George S.
    Snell, Henry B. (Henry Bayley), 1858-1943.
    Stebbins, N. L. (Nathaniel Livermore), 1847-1922.
    Stobart, John, 1929-.
    Sutherland, Thomas, approximately 1785-approximately 1825.
    Taylor, Josiah (Artist)
    Taylor, Josiah (Lithographer)
    Toulza, J. Etne.
    Traviès, Édouard, 1809-.
    Underwood & Underwood.
    Vernon, H. John.
    Wade, William, active 1844-1852.
    Wagner & M’Guigan.
    Wagner, F. H.
    Wales, George Canning, 1868-1940.
    Wellstood & Co.
    Wellstood, William, 1819-1900.
    West & Son.
    Wilcox, L. A. (Leslie A.)
    Yachting Publishing Co.
    Yankee Accent, Inc.